A crown, also known as a cap, is a type of restoration that completely covers a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. While a crown can improve the health and appearance of a single tooth, it can also be placed on top of an implant to replace one or more missing teeth. At AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD, the dental crown is custom-created for each patient so that the fit will blend in with the rest of the mouth.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth called pontics and are attached to surrounding natural teeth or implants for support. Like crowns, bridges are created to match the color and shape of surrounding teeth for a natural look.
Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or gold alloys. Dental crowns are used when a large cavity threatens the strength of a tooth or when a patient wants to change the appearance of their smile by covering a discolored or misshapen tooth.
When Are Crowns Used?
Crowns may be needed to protect the tooth from further damage, restore a broken or fractured tooth, improve the appearance of misshapen teeth, or cover a tooth with a large filling that doesn’t fit the tooth properly.
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over a tooth to cover the tooth and restore it to its original shape and size. A dental crown is usually needed when there is not enough natural tooth to support a filling. However, if a tooth is severely broken, a crown may be recommended even if the tooth still has enough healthy structure for a filling.
A dental bridge is used to fill in a gap created by one or more missing teeth. It comprises two or more crowns, one on each side of the gap. The bridge is permanently attached to abutment crowns on each end. These abutments are connected to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap for support.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a great and affordable option for replacing missing teeth. When patients are missing a tooth, it can cause several problems in the mouth. Not only does the smile look incomplete, but it can become difficult to eat and speak properly. Without a tooth in place, other teeth can move out of place and change the structure of the bite. This can place unnecessary stress on the jaw and lead to headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder. However, all of these issues can be corrected with a dental bridge.
For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD at 6541 Crown Boulevard Suite G San Jose, CA 95120, or call (408) 268-4161.